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sweet. my dad says he can now use the HOV lane where we live (BC Canada)...

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/driving-and-transportation/driving/hov/-pdfs/hov-eligible-vehicles.pdf

... and then i told him look closer: EV only. doh.

it's too bad i guess... but look at this list!

1/3 of the vehicles are luxury and or sports cars/suvs.

Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche Panamera S e hybrid
Porsche Cayenne S e hybrid
Mercedes-Benz S550e
McLaren P1
BMW X5 xdrive40e
BMW i8
Fisker Karma
Tesla Model S
Tesla Roadster
Tesla Model X
sigh :(
 

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HOV is High Occupancy Vehicle - Usually it shows the minimal amount of passengers required to use the lane.... Or are you saying that these vehicles are permitted to use the lane as a single occupant?
 

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yep. part of the local gov't "green initiative" or something like that.

so gasoline powered vehicles have to sit and idle in rush hour traffic polluting the air, while those with low-e or ev get to cruise in the HOV lane? my co worker wonders how this makes sense...
 

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https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2016TRAN0040-000314.htm

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2016TRAN0040-000314
March 2, 2016 Office of the Premier
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Eligible electric vehicles allowed in HOV lanes
VANCOUVER – Eligible electric vehicles in British Columbia will now be allowed to travel in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes throughout the province without having to meet the occupancy requirements, Premier Christy Clark announced today at the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation.

“British Columbians are increasingly embracing alternative and greener transportation options,” Premier Clark said. “And we can encourage even more by making it easier and more efficient, like allowing electric vehicle owners to use HOV lanes, regardless of occupancy requirements.”

Drivers must clearly display a decal issued by the Province. The decal must be attached on the rear bumper or window and must be visible at all times. Electric vehicles are defined as battery electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Vehicles that rely on gas-electric hybrid motors that do not plug into an external source are not eligible to receive a decal.

“Drivers who make environmentally-friendly decisions like buying an electric vehicle should be rewarded,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said. “By choosing electric, drivers will not only benefit from a shorter and more reliable commute that HOV lanes provide, they will save money and help the environment.”

To let drivers know that electric vehicles are permitted in HOV lanes, new electric vehicle “tabs” will be posted below highway HOV signs.

“The New Car Dealers Association is pleased that the provincial government is taking this important initiative to promote the use of clean energy vehicles,” said Blair Qualey, president and CEO of New Car Dealers Association of BC. “Allowing qualifying electric and fuel cell vehicles to access HOV lanes is a strong incentive to encourage drivers to consider making greener vehicle choices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Province is working to encourage people to make greener choices by promoting the sale of electric vehicles. Supporting alternative and more fuel-efficient vehicle technologies was a key component in the B.C. on the Move 10-year transportation plan. Local governments that have HOV lanes also support electric vehicles using the lanes.

Promoting environmentally-friendly transportation is part of government’s broader strategy to ensure British Columbia remains a climate action leader. In 2014, the Province announced incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric or plug-in electric vehicle.

Learn More:

For more information on HOV lanes and electric vehicles and to apply for a permit, click here: Electric Vehicles & HOV Lanes - Province of British Columbia


Media Contacts:

Stephen Smart
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
778 389-6202
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2016TRAN0040-000314
March 2, 2016 Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Electric vehicles and HOV lanes
Effective immediately, electric vehicles displaying an official decal are allowed in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in British Columbia regardless of the number of passengers in the car, unless a sign is posted indicating otherwise.

Eligible vehicles include:

Battery electric vehicle
Fuel cell vehicle
Plug in hybrid electric vehicle
Extended range electric vehicle
Your vehicle make, model, year and fuel type will be checked against the eligible vehicle list maintained by British Columbia’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program to confirm eligibility. To view the eligibility list: https://www.cevforbc.ca/eligible-vehicles

Download the HOV-electric vehicle permit application form:
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/forms/getFile.aspx?formId=1367.


Media Contact:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241


Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect
 

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Hey I am all for the those fancy electric Teslas now if the Gov'nt would give me a high enough tax break to afford one lol
 
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